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Melissa Harwood MELP'12

Presidential Appointee

Melissa Harwood HeadshotMelissa (Lis) is currently working with the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) as their membership and events manager. In this role, she works collaboratively with members and supporters throughout Vermont to build support around VPIRG’s work. Melissa loves connecting with people and building communities.

She graduated from SUNY Purchase in 2010 with a degree in environmental sociology. After spending a year in Washington, D.C., canvassing for Greenpeace, she moved to Vermont to obtain her Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School.

In her professional career, she has held positions with The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board AmeriCorps Program, VLS, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She is fueled by a desire to make the world a better place for future generations and believes strongly in the power of the collective impact model to solve our most pressing public challenges. In joining the VLSAA Board, Melissa hopes to serve as a resource for current and future master's students, alumni, and the VLS community as a whole.

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